This creation was initially built for school, but I've added a lot to it since presenting. My class was having a book discussion on Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and I volunteered to illustrate a scene from the book.
Ground, sky and houses melted into a mad palette, my ears throbbed, I was suffocating. I could not put out my hands to stop, they were wedged between my chest and knees. I could only hope that Jem would outrun the tire and me, or that I would be stopped by a bump in the sidewalk. I heard him behind me, chasing and shouting.
The tire bumped on gravel, skeetered across the road, crashed into a barrier and popped me like a cork onto pavement. Dizzy and nauseated, I lay on the cement and shook my head still, pounded my ears to silence, and heard Jem’s voice: “Scout, get away from there, come on!”
I raised my head and stared at the Radley Place steps in front of me. I froze. (To Kill a Mockingbird, pg. 49-50)
I took inspiration from the slightly Gothic styled cover of my copy of the book. Building the slanted house was the trickiest part; it's slanted slightly forward and to the side. I wanted it to look very rundown, deteriorating, weather-beaten, and old. To accomplish the desired "look" I had to employ some rather tricky techniques, including Lego nets in the front walls.
I purposefully over-exaggerated everything to fit the children's (Jem & Scout's) wild, fearful imaginations in relation to the Radleys. On that note, the house was built at a slightly larger scale, so that a normal mini-fig is child sized.
Scout (above) & Jem (below)
Thanks for stopping by and as always, Soli Deo Gloria!
"I purposefully over-exaggerated everything to fit the children's (Jem & Scout's) wild, fearful imaginations in relation to the Radleys. On that note, the house was built at a slightly larger scale, so that a normal mini-fig is child sized."
Cool MOC. Had to read it in 8th grade. I got to the 7th chapter and gave up. I thought it was extremely boring. I remember some girl rolling down the street in a tire and some kids getting shot at, other than that, I still don't know what the thing's about, and I have no intent. I guess I'm that 1 out of 10 who doesn't agree with the other 9.
I had to do this book for school. In all honesty, I really didn't enjoy it! Still, I think even if I didn't know what this MOC was a scene from, I probably would have guessed correctly, thanks to some great building techniques. The idea of making everything bigger to make the minifigs appear as children is ingenious! I love how complex you made the construction of the Radley house too, in order to make it as accurate as possible. Did you make everything as it appeared in the film or as you pictured it from the book? Anyway, fantastic work, this a brilliant creation.
I loved this book! You captured the feeling of the story very well. The tilted house is brilliantly done. Nice work! I hope it's not too much trouble, but would you mind sharing your thoughts on this? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/358475 Thanks!
Quoting Ian Spacek
Hilarious episode, Flare! I'm also interested in joining the TFOL contest. I know I haven't been a part of the whole TFOL group for the past couple of years, but I've still got one or two months before AFOLdom claims me. :) I'll join the group (I know I'll need to be approved) and attempt to get an entry in! I'm also not on the forum (obviously), so can I play entirely through MOCpages?
We define TFOL as until age 20. So you might have more time that you thought ;)
And sorry, but you'll have to be a member on the forum in order to participate. It's not that hard to join, just a couple clicks of the button ;)
I like all of the different angles in this build, especially the way that you've made the roof and part underneath it, plus the clapper-board walls in Lego cheeses. The front door frame is brilliant.
I like it
April 8, 2013
I didn't read this book, I didn't even hear anything about it until now =P. Well, at least there is an awesome MOC of it! I basically love everything on it, the pattern on the street, the tree with the angled leaves, the colour choice and at least this most awesome house! There are only two things that "bother" me about it: First, I would like to see a tiled roof ;) and second I'm not a big fan of the headlight bricks used for the chimney but without covered studs... Oh, I almost forgot to add that I like the grey background instead of the ususal white, which perfectly supports the sense of emotion. Great build!
I've thought about building a scene from the novel as well. It surprises me that there aren't that many MOCs based on this book. Regardless, you've done justice here. Especially love the angled and rustic appearances.
Thank you one and all for the encouraging feedback. I really appreciate it! :)
Quoting David . Where is the hole in the tree?
Aliens vaporized it. But all jokes aside, this build was still in the works and hogging a bunch of my pieces for over a month after I'd presented. I needed to get it out of the way, so the hollow was one minor detail I forced myself to overlook (I did consider it though, and it's the thought that counts right?). ;)
Quoting David Alexander Smith
I think everyone reads this book at school.
Yep, pretty much! It's one of those "must read" classics, at least in the States I know it is.
This is an excellent creation, Ian. The door is my favourite part, but there are so many neat parts and details, that the complete creation is really stunning. I'm glad you went the way to slant the house, that makes it even more special.
What a great build! To Kill A Mockingbird was and still is one of my favorite books of all time, and you managed to nail this scene perfectly. Everything from Boo's house to the minifigs is just how I imagined it. Bravo!
Great use of the newer pieces with the older ones. Excellent base! Would you consider turning all your pictures into BLACK & WHITES to keep with the flavor of the Gregory Peck movie version?
And give this a more somber tone?